Harris steps up for Arnett
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
National youth player Vishinul Harris was the inspiration behind Arnett Gardens' 2-0 win over the then fourth-placed Harbour View on Sunday night.
The former Charlie Smith player scored the second goal in the 80th minute and played in Steve Clarke - who was chopped down in the 18-yard box - allowing Andrew Phang to score from the spot in the 56th minute.
With the win, Arnett Gardens improved their standing to fourth, while Harbour View slipped to fifth.
"I would say it was a good game. I am coming back from national duty and the coach told me that this is the time for me to show myself because from the season I have not given him a good game, so I stepped out a little bit," a pleased, but hurting Harris - who had to be substituted close to the end after the opposing goalkeeper fell on his knee - said at the end of the game.
emphasis on winning
With a championship win on their mind, Harris said it was important that they win the game and that coach Jerome Waite placed emphasis on that in the changing room.
"It means a whole lot to the team. The coach pointed out in the changing room that we need to beat this team as they are two points ahead of us. So, definitely, that was the plan," said the 21-year-old who is a part of the country's Under-23 squad.
Arnett Gardens' goals came after a much-improved performance in the second-half, especially from Harris, who appeared reluctant to get into the game and take charge.
Acknowledging that he was a peripheral figure in the first-half, Harris said a change of formation in the second-half freed him up to play his natural game. Once that happened, Harris said, he was able to deliver what the coach expected of him.
"Coach has told me that I don't know what I have as a player and that I need to work hard and need to stop holding back," the midfielder said.
Having listened and delivered, Harris sees himself as work in progress and one heading for the top.
"I am a work in progress and I am looking forward to a great season this year. We are looking for the championship also, so I will have to keep stepping up and delivering.
"The national senior team is what I am targeting this season. I am looking for a call-up, I am working on it," said the Arnett Gardens midfielder, reiterating that "hard work and standing out in every match will get me there".
Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Waterhouse 11 7 3 1 17 5 12 24
MoBay Utd 12 7 1 4 23 11 12 22
Cavalier 12 6 3 3 11 7 4 21
Arnett 12 6 2 4 19 17 2 20
H View 12 5 4 3 18 14 4 19
Tivoli 12 5 3 4 13 15 -2 18
Rivoli 12 4 4 4 19 20 -1 16
Reno 12 4 2 6 19 19 0 14
Sporting 12 4 2 6 14 17 -3 14
Boys' Town 12 3 2 7 13 23 -10 11
Barbican 11 2 4 5 8 18 -10 10
Humble Lion 12 2 2 8 8 16 -8 8